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senate and that leads to the second point. the united states senate is a broken institution. several weeks ago, the vice president of the united states and john lewis stood at the bridge in selma, alabama, commemorating a horrific event there in the 1960s. at that time the united states senate was controlled by democrats. russell long of louisiana and many others. had they been in the united states senate today, had they operated then the way the united states senate operates today, the civil rights legislation of 1964, the voting rights act of 1965 would not have been passed. 50 plus one is a majority. not 60 votes. >> all right. >> you know, mika, i've got to go back to the beginning of this session. there was a lot of talk about filibuster reform. i was out there talking about the need for filibuster reform. for whatever reason, the democrats didn't push. i remember saying it. the day they made the rules to get rid of the filibuster, make 50 plus one pass, if they had made that decision when they set up the senate, then this bill would have passed. i got to say just really quickly
on the full court press. we are talking about an amazing vote yesterday in the united states senate, defied all of the nay sayers santa republicanssayers, santa republicans joining almost all of the democrats to open debate on the gun safety issue, which has been a prior to for president obama. only two democrats refused to go along. we will get to your call peter on the sorry media. >> on twitter @bpshow. jim wants to know if it's possible the gop senators want to get democrats' vote on the record as the anti-gun or anti-second amendment. >> that premise, that total question is based upon the wrong prem premises. they are not anti-gun. they are not anti-second amendment. just requiring a criminal being check so a criminal can't buy a gun is not anti-gun. get that through your damn thick head. anything else? >> keep tweet he is @bp show. >> let's jump to the phones here donald. this can't be right. baton rouge illinois. >> from baton rouge, louisiana. >> of course. >> that's where it is. it says illinois on my sheet here i'm sorry, donald. i knew that had to b
week is going to be who runs the united states senate, do the people really run this place or does the nra run it, because 9 out of 10 people should probably be able to get something done here. the nra is going to put their reputation, their mythology on the line, i think this time they are going to lose. >> what do you make of the effort and the forces lined up on the other side of the debate from the nra here? obviously, the families who are the family members of the victims of the newtown massacre in your state are the most potent emotional core of the other side of the nra in this debate, but there's mayors against illegal guns and the group against gun violence and the new moms group that formed after newtown and the gabby giffords and mark kelly effort, the brady campaign, who's been there for so long, this connecticut congressional delegate. how do you assess your own strength being on this side of the fight? >> well, it matters in two respects, one, these families who are down here this week, i'm in awe of them. they are in the middle of grieving and they are coming down to
to the background checks for gun sales vote. right now, a clear majority of the united states senate supports the manchin/toomey amendment. 62 senators on record for it. 40 on record against it. that should be great news for people who want background checks, right? after newtown, it's got clear, majority support to expand background checks. except the republicans are filibustering it so majority won't matter. the 40 senators who are voting no are not committed to voting against the background check. they are voting against allowing there to be a vote on the background check on the amendment. they are voting to filibuster. a majority is voting in favor, so they are going to try to block the up or down vote. jeff flake waited until the coverage of the bombings last night to announce, quietly, silently, in fact, on his facebook page that he will vote against background checks. eight in ten of his constituents in arizona support background checks. he said last night or rather wrote to facebook last night that he's going to vote no. he's voting to filibuster, quietly. that was last night around 9
's no ambivalence in the united states senate on the gun issue. everybody in the senate has had to deal with it in their career, it's a debate that needs to take place and to slow or dpoer stall the debate depart make any sense to me. >> congressman, senator, i've got you, i remember covering you as a congressman. senator, i want to ask you one other thing quickly about the senate race, your colleague, saxby chambliss is retiring, are you going to endorse somebody in that race? >> the reason they have primaries is so the people of georgia who want to vote, can pick who the nominee of the republican party is going to be. i'm not going to try to play king maker i'm going to let the people of georgia make that decision. i'm going to miss my dear friend saxby, we've been friends since we entered the university of georgia 51 years ago. he's done a fantastic job, georgia is going to miss him. >> senator johnny isaacson of georgia, thank you for taking the time. >>> next, following the money trail. a look at the money and the methods being used to oppose immigration reform. this is "andrea mit
after today in the united states senate." graham, who appears to speak with fork tongue, offering one of several alternative measures aimed at watering down legislation, and yet through all of this, and in a remarkable display of dignified courage, the families of newtown are maintaining the pressure. in their third day of meeting with lawmakers today, family members went as senator chris murphy read the names of newtown's murdered children and their careers. jillian soto, the sister of slain teacher victoria soto, said her grief will not be silenced. >> we're here to protect their legacy and we're here to honor them and demand something be done. demand our voices be heard and something gets done and we receive a vote. >> white house spokesman jay carney said the president called newtown families almost immediately after the vote. >> the president congratulated the families on this important step forward noting that the bipartisan progress would not have been possible without their efforts. >> but he also emphasized that much work remains to be done. nbc's kristen welker joins us now
of his party in the united states senate, many of whom just jumped all over him yesterday? >> i think he likes that. i don't think he's -- he is like, look. he got a very favorable "the washington post" editorial and he'll love that. "morning joe." very favorable commentary right here. i guarantee you if he is up watching this right now, got a good david brooks column. he kind of excited this morning. people said this is kind of important to him. the fact all of these guys i'm trying to do something. in his mind, the white house is not totally out of bounds here. they say if we do this it will throw the republicans off and we have put something out there and this is something we would have agreed to any way in the larger context. understand, this president wants a grand bargain. he is going to give away the store in august of 2011. absolutely going to give away the store. he wants that grand bargain. and they view this as the best negotiating strategy and a lot of people disagree with him. they really want this. he genuinely want this. >> going on the lot and offering 26,000 he has the o
that they have. and to have marco rubio, who's a rising star within the party, who's an hispanic united states senator himself, somebody who is likely to run for president, be a formidable competitor at some point, that tells you that this is a priority that is likely very likely to overcome the resistance from some of the southern conservatives like jeff sessions and others. >> elise, what do you make of the senator's multiple appearances on the talk shows what's the take away for you. >> i know marco rubio wouldn't answer the question guilt 2016. but we have to put this to the test. this is a major test for marco rubio and his brand which is in some ways still having to define itself. we don't want to give amnesty to undocumented immigrants but at the same time we need to do something to overall this system. i think that's what he's doing, he's being very aggressive in his messaging. >> i would just add as a postscript, i well remember appearances by barack obama on sunday talk shows in 2006 and even earlier in 2007 when he said that, no, of course i'm not going to run for president. so i wo
on the amendments process, that's always a treacherous path for the united states senate, people can always introduce poison pills, various amendments on things to hurt the overall legislation. but you'll probably see so many senators in agreement on this, that it might not be that big of a problem. >> how far are we in this process, how much support it has? are they 80% through? >> there's eight senators involved and rubio from 92 senators and then you have to open it up to the house. and president obama has been very supportive. this is a key issue for him. some of the liberal groups are going to say we don't want this to be a trigger for some of the -- democrats offline that it's not a trigger, it's goals and that could be a major sticking point and it's up to obama to say whether that trigger is okay or not and he's going to be taking a lot of pressure so that could be an issue that causes rubio to have some heartburn. >> 50% there? >> i think more than 50% is there, we still have struggles on the house, but it's coming along. >> gun legislation will fit the senate floor as soon as tomo
holding those jobs simply to sit there and be called a united states senator? >> but, mike barnicle, here is the rub. as shakespeare would say, here is the rub. if they vote against common sense criminal background checks they will not be there for 18 years. the history is not on wayne lapierre's side. the history is on the 94% side. the 90% side, the 87% side. you pick the poll. not only are they doing the wrong thing, they are doing the wrong thing politically if they don't show courage today and support the background check to keep the guns out of the hands of rapists and terrorists and violent criminal offenders. >> i have a question we might want to ask. i don't know if they dropped the united states in front of their title senator voting against background checks. the question is this. less than 48 hours ago, four blocks from where i sit right now, two devices were exploded. it's terrorism. the intent of terrorism is to make people fearful, to make americans fearful, to gather, to assembly, to go to ballgames and to stay home and coward in their homes. how is it, senator, that ameri
at an assault weapons ban is doomed in the united states senate. now we have this laborious process of senate debate you going to be amendments probably going to weaken it even further. you have the nra waiting for that deterioration to take place. you have politicians that quake at the sight of an nra lobbyist faced with a dilemma. are they influenced by the very human tragedy they are being faced with or will the instincts to quake at the feet of the nra going to take over in the final result? >> eelahe, i would like to look at poll numbers. a new poll shows 65% of women favor stronger gun laws. you what about the gender gap issue. what accounts for that? is it a matter of difference in who ounce guns or a different temperament between the sexes? >> the gender gap on gun laws has been a long-standing one. men are three times more likely to own guns than women and your opinions on gun control and gun legislation are influenced or determined by whether there's a gun in your home. you are seeing the newtown shooting, of course that affected all americans, but mothers, they feel that that speci
acceptable, likable to certain sectors of 435 members of the congress of the united states. but i'm sure once we, once the senators unveil theirs and we shortly thereafter unveil ours, as i expect we will, then i think you'll hear people say, pick and choose different parts. but it's going to be a comprehensive immigration reform bill. and i've got to tell you something. the american public on november 6th said, stop picking winners and losers, get together in a bipartisan approach. it's what we want you to do. and that's what mario and i and a lot of other really good men and elm with on the republican and democratic side are doing on the issue of immigration. the people yesterday that were clamoring for change here in washington, d.c., expect no less. they don't expect me to wake up in the morning and fight with mario and that that's the challenge of the day. they expect me to sit down with mario and find 218 votes, republican and democratic, and get this done. >> does this, realistically, have to get through the senate first before the house takes it up? >> i don't think so. >> look, we ha
states. you've been deeply involved on hillary clinton's senate and presidential campaigns, i can't let you go without asking you a little bit of politics, where do you think hillary clinton is leaning as it relates to relates to running again in 2016? >> i think it is 50/50. >> what makes her mind up? >> what makes her mind up? >> yes. >> i would imagine this is a combination of many, many factors. it is going to be a balance between whether she can do more in private life like her husband is doing with the clinton foundation or whether as president of the united states, she can accomplish all that she would like to accomplish on behalf of others. >> thank you for your time and the book is "hearts on fire. "thanks. >> we'll be right back. through. one a day women's 50+ is a complete multivitamin designed for women's health concerns as we age. it has 7 antioxidants to support cell health. one a day 50+. it has 7 antioxidants to support cell health. how sharp is your business security?o! can it help protect your people and property, while keeping out threats to your operations? it's not
of congress that was passed in 1986 by then a senator of arkansas designed to protect the caught in the united states that protect u.s. taxpayers' money and other countries' industries. you know, u.s. aid could have gone to the white house to get a waiver but nobody wanted to take it on so you have legions of the farmers say we want help growing this. american bureaucrats say sorry we will help you with this. >> this is so much a part of the history of afghanistan. as you know when he was referring to the great movie charlie wilson's war seeing it come right before my favorite scene which is when charlie wilson is talking to sitting on the balcony of the watergate hotel talking to the cia agent and this is a scene that is and in the book of the director added it is the lesson of the master which is a boy gets a horse and everyone in the village says it's wonderful he got a horse and than the master says we will see. then he falls down and smashes his leg and cripples him for ever and they see this is so horrible and he says we will see. then the war breaks out in afghanistan. and everyone is c
in the united states of america, and whatever we can do to change it we want to do. but the devil, of course, remains in the details. you have senator toomey and senator manchin who have come together and cobbled a compromise on the senate side. we don't know what the house is going so say yet. certainly i think what you will find in states who have lots of gun owners who care just as much as governor dean and i do about these kids and about their parents, they're going to say to themselves, we have to make sure at the end of the day that the rights of gun owners aren't trampled on, that you don't trample on the rights of gun owners, and at the same time create an environment that's safe for kids. >> okay. gentlemen, i'll let that be the last word. joe watkins and howard dean, good to see you both. >> great to see you. >> thanks so much. >> who created these pictures and why are they in the news today? is this the art of a killer? in a three-hundred-ton rocket doesn't raise as much as an eyebrow for these veterans of the sky. however, seeing this little beauty over international waters is en
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